The iPad is far from the only tablet in town. The slate market has exploded with big players from Lenovo, Acer, Sony, and ASUS bringing their unique take on slates to the table. There’s the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, which pairs with an innovative detachable keyboard, making it ideal for work and play. Then there’s the ThinkPad Tablet, which is compatible with a stylus for drawing and taking notes on the fly. Whether you’re a fan of Apple or Android, these are the top 10 tablets to buy now.
Apple iPad 2
With its ultra-slim design, faster dual-core performance, FaceTime camera, and gobs of compelling apps, the iPad 2 is the tablet to beat.
Acer Iconia Tab A200
The Acer as07b31 battery Iconia Tab A200 delivers solid performance and some welcome interface enhancements to Android for an affordable price.
Amazon Kindle Fire
The Kindle Fire is the best value-priced tablet yet, offering easy access to loads of content and apps in a well-built design.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime
The first quad-core tablet, the svelte ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime has a brilliant IPS display and comfy keyboard dock.
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (8GB, 16GB)
The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet offers a superior eReading experience, a great display, and smooth performance for an affordable price. The newest model features 8GB of storage for $199 or choose the 16GB model for $249.
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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet
An accurate digital pen and robust software and security make the ThinkPad Tablet a compelling device for mobile professionals.
The Pantech Element provides impressive 4G LTE speeds in a water-proof design, but the overall cost is a bit pricey.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a seriously powerful tablet that doubles as a super-smart TV remote.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Wi-Fi)
Samsung’s super slim and light Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a beautifully designed tablet that does justice to the Honeycomb experience.
Sony Tablet S
The Sony Tablet S provides lots of fun entertainment options–including PlayStation games–in a sleek design, but it’s not a finished product yet.